Video fusion IP core targets FPGA and SoC systems

September 11, 2015 // By Julien Happich
RFEL has updated its flagship Video Fusion high definition video processing IP core for FPGA and System-on-Chip systems, with sophisticated enhancement and customisable pseudo-colour mapping features to help product designers add a competitive edge to their systems.

Fusion as a concept is simple: create a single video of a scene that combines feature information from two cameras, one operating in the visible spectrum and one in the infrared (IR) spectrum.
The fused result provides complementary information that can sustain operation in low light, poor weather conditions and in the presence of smoke or other obscurants. To meet the highest Fusion performance, RFEL has taken the multi-resolution approach at the heart of the Video Fusion IP core, and added important enhancements, such as colour noise suppression, important for natural looking results in low-light conditions.
Pseudo colour pixel depiction is also new for 2015, and gives designers the ability to highlight key temperature differences in a scene, with fully customisable colours for hot objects in the scene, in preference to the natural contrast grey levels. This can be controlled in real-time, so that users do not have to compromise when their mission changes from situational awareness to surveillance.
The IP includes real-time warp capability to pixel-align the slightly different fields of view typical of side-by-side sensors arrangements, which relaxes mechanical design tolerance and maintains accurate results.

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